When I think about who I was as a child, the young man I am today, and the man that I strive to become in the future, it makes me think of the one accomplishment that changed my life then, now, and for the future. Throughout elementary school I was an introvert. Interacting with people was difficult, an annoyance that got in the way of reading and dreaming myself to another place and time. Overcoming "shutting off" from the world has opened up so much more than I could have imagined.
In the 5th grade my parents thought my shyness was a result of being bullied (it wasn't). Their solution was sending me to martial arts classes. I was forced to wear those funny clothes, do weird moves, and make ridiculous sounds. As the classes continued, I felt more comfortable doing all these strange new things. I was given an opportunity to open up around other people and they seemed to be just fine with it. These were the first steps in overcoming my shyness. As the classes continued, and I became even more comfortable "putting myself out there", I forced myself to become more involved with things I would not have thought about doing before.
I eventually joined the debate team, Destination Imagination, and was Dance Student of the Year. I was given the opportunity to share my love of history and teach my 7th grade History class about the War of 1812 and as a sophomore was History Student of the Year.
My greatest accomplishment has been dealing with my introversion. I have allowed myself to enjoy so many things and have made some accomplishments along the way. I now have a black belt in Tukong Martial Arts and I am heading to college. Thanks Mom and Dad.